Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness

eBook - 2016
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"Ladarat Patalung never wanted to become a detective. She was content with her work as a nurse-ethicist, exhorting her fellow nurses and physicians to behave ethically. But when a mysterious woman known as 'Peaflower' begins killing middle-aged men, hospital's excellent reputation is threatened and Ladarat decides that she must act. When she does, her efforts are confounded by an unkempt barefoot man in the intensive care unit and by the fevered preparations for a royal inspection that will determine her hospital's future. Nevertheless, Ladarat is surprised to discover that she has considerable talents as a detective, and with the help of her assistant and a kind detective, she sets out to catch a murderer"-- Provided by publisher.
"A fascinating mystery set in Thailand in the vein of Alexander McCall Smith, where a nurse ethicist turns detective. Ladarat Patalung, for one, would have been happier without a serial murderer in her life. Then again, she never meant to be a detective in the first place. But while content in her role at the Chaing Mai Hospital in Thailand as the nurse ethicist, Ladarat couldn't resist when police detective Kuhn Wiriya came to her with his dilemma. Two nights ago, a young woman brought her husband to the emergency room, where he passed away. Now someone remembers her coming in before, with a different husband (who also died). Is there a serial killer on the loose? One who likes to murder her husbands? And what else can one lone nurse ethicist do about it, but investigate?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Redhook, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316270656
0316270652
9780316270649
0316270644
0316270636
9780316270632
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ApollosRaven
Oct 18, 2017

Various aspects of Thai culture are presented in an interesting way. It may take some readers a while to warm up to ethical nurse Ladarat - and to the author's determination to explore the many different meanings which can, apparently, be conveyed with a smile* -- but by the end of the story I felt the story was a satisfying one, and am willing to try a second in the series.

*a "yim yae yae" smile, for example, means "I know things look bad, but getting upset won't make things any better, so why not smile?" In this story things look bad a lot.

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athena14
Feb 14, 2017

Too man sub-plots and easily guessed mysteries.

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Roundcat
Nov 29, 2016

David Casarett is a doctor, who has written nonfiction, and spends quite a bit of time in Thailand. This background has enabled him to write a novel with characters that remind the reader strongly of the Ladies Number One Detective Agency mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith. Ladarat Patalung, Nurse Ethicist who has studied her specialty in Chicago, is asked by Wiriya Mookja, a Royal Police detective, to use her contacts in the Sriphat Hospital of Chiang Mai to help him determine whether there is a serial killer on the loose or if the woman who brought her dead husband to the emergency room is just unlucky in her choice of husbands. Ladarat and her assistant, Sisithorn, who seems to have an unusual gift for understanding the needs and emotions of others, manage an upcoming audit of the hospital, an American couple who were involved in an accident with an elephant, and a mysterious man in the ICU visitor’s room, as well as detective Mookja’s request, with grace and calm, basing her decisions on what is truly important. The writer’s gift for immersing the reader in the culture of Thailand is truly remarkable. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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